The Battle of the River Plate: A Grand Delusion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591140405
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Campaign Chronicles Ser.
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations


Sly Advance: The Cruise of the Admiral Graf Spee, April 1928-August 1939 1

Campaign Chronicle 10

5 August-29 September: 'The Curtain Lifts' p12

30 September-9 October: 'We Are, You See, at War' 23

10-21 October: 'A Serious Strain 33

22 October-1 December: 'Even at the Risk of Losing the Ship' 41

The Allied Hunt

25 October-12 December: 'The Weakness of Our Intelligence ...' 54

The Admiral Graf Spee

2-12 December: 'No Alternative but to Obey' 58

13 December, Midnight-06.17: 'A Fine Target' 74

British Cruiser Squadron (Force G)

2-12 December: 'The Plate ... Was the Vital Area' 78

13 December, Midnight-06.00: 'The Squadron Was in Position ...' 88

The Admiral Graf Spee

13 December, 06.00-06.17: 'Signalled for Identification' 90

British Cruiser Squadron (Force G)

13 December, 06.00-06.17: 'I Think It Is a Pocket Battleship' 90

The Battle of the River Plate: Morning Action

13 December, 06.17-07.00: 'We Zigzagged Continually at High Speed ...' 92

13 December, 07.00-08.00: 'She Looked Vicious and Efficient' 104

The Battle of the River Plate: Chase to the West

13 December, 07.00-08.06: 'On Course for the River Plate' 106

13 December, 08.06-19.15: 'No Prospect of Shaking off the Shadowers' 109

The Battle of the River Plate: Evening Action

13 December, 19.15-Midnight: 'Gloriously Silhouetted Against the Afterglow' 117

Three Days of Uncertainty

14-16 December: 'This is Not a Friendly Port to Germany' 121


17 December: 'That Was That' 133

Aftermath 139

21 December, 1939-1946: 'Home is the Sailor ...'140

Analysis 147

Roll of Honour 156

Bibliography 157

Index 159

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